Humanist Fellowship of San Diego Message Board › Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'
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The news on this issue just keeps getting better. Young people in particular are abandoning religion in droves. Note:
The trend, Putnam says, is borne out of rebellion of sorts.
"It begins to jump at around 1990," he says. "These were the kids who were coming of age in the America of the culture wars, in the America in which religion publicly became associated with a particular brand of politics, and so I think the single most important reason for the rise of the unknowns is that combination of the younger people moving to the left on social issues and the most visible religious leaders moving to the right on that same issue."
And the rise of the nones has had a significant political impact. As NPR's Liz Halloran detailed last month, the voting nones helped give President Obama a second-term victory and have become, as Smith says in the story, a "very important, politically consequential group." Halloran writes:
The religiously unaffiliated voters are almost as strongly Democratic as white evangelicals are Republican, polls show.
Gee, you wouldn't know this considering how silent Democrats are regarding the non-religious, one of their most important constituent groups!